Governor is target as Crist, Meek and Rubio square off for final debate in U.S. Senate race
ORLANDO — The portable fan that Gov. Charlie Crist insists on at every public appearance could be seen and even heard during Tuesday's televised debate, but it didn't keep the independent U.S. Senate candidate out of the hot seat.
In Crist's last chance to chip away at frontrunner Marco Rubio, with only one week left before the Nov. 2 election, the governor frequently found himself playing defense in response to tough questions from debate moderator David Gregory of NBC's Meet the Press.
In three separate lines of questioning, Gregory pressed Crist to explain his defection from the Republican Party, unwillingness to say which party he would caucus with in Congress if elected, and his changed positions on issues like adoption by same-sex couples, which he now favors. (story here)